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While Teddy Bridgewater is technically a game time decision, Adam Schefter is reporting that the “signs point to him (Bridgewater) not playing tonight.” Which means that there’s a 50% chance that he’s playing, while there’s a 100% chance that Christian Ponder might play. THE SUSPENSE EVERYONE. Suffering a high ankle sprain in last Sunday’s surprising win against Atlanta (41-28), Bridgewater was held out of practice all week. Seeing as how this is the same injury that’s been ailing Jamaal Charles, I expect nothing less than three touchdowns and 90 rushing yards from the Minnesota quarterback tonight. But, if Ponder starts (UPDATE: Ian Rapoport has now confirmed that Ponder will be starting), that should be just as exciting. And by exciting, I mean like how watching two cars crash into each other is exciting. Remember, the Vikings are facing a Packers team fresh off a game against the Bears where they ended every single drive with at least a field goal attempt. Adding the cherry on top, the forecast is calling for a torrential rain storm that we haven’t seen the likes of since Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. So… should be derptastic fun for all folks…

 

Drinking Game

Note: I’ll be doing Corona for the beer portion, and Jameson for the shots portion.

Take one sip of beer if…

The word “switch” is mentioned in any context.

Christian Ponder whiffs on an open receiver.

At any time, you actually miss Mike Mayock (pretty much any time Phil Simms opens his mouth)… take baby sips.

Eddie Lacy should have gotten the ball instead of whoever did.

Mike McCarthy calls a completely stupid run play.

Take one shot of liquor if…

Christian Ponder looks totally confused about life.

They show a close up of Clay Matthews hair.

There is any mention of Brett Favre.

 

Totally Legitmate Game Prediction

Vikings – Hold on, I’m pondering it.

Packers – 18 (inches, the amount of rain expected tonight.)

  1. Ryan says:
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    I think they just announced that Bridgewater won’t be playing. Looks like it’s Ponderin’ time.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: Yup, as expected.

  2. Robert says:
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    Looking forward to the game. Have Ass man going in a PPR league and seriously thinking about starting McKinnon in my flex in a PPR league over Darren Sproles. Do you think Ponder and the rain makes that a decent move?

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Robert: Maybe… the ground game is important, but RB’s suffer in it as well. Sproles is safer, but I understand going Mck. Personally? I’m going Sproles.

      • Robert says:
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        @Jay: Thanks Jay.

        Enjoy the game. Or enjoy it as much as you can with a Ponder led team playing. Will be a lot of drinking, I think.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Robert: life story!

  3. allen says:
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    Man im stressin…,asiata or ball standard league??

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @allen: Eeesh. Sticking with Asiata here.

  4. john delacenserie says:
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    *Old Rasputin or Sam Adams Octoberfest ?

    * 9% alcohol

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Old Rasputin.

      • john delacenserie says:
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        Your the best .

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @john delacenserie: Well, you guys (the readers) are the best, but I’m damn close as a second, that’s for sure.

  5. Dom B says:
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    Hey got all line up good except def with ponder in do I go pack def or bills? NEED FAST, THANKS!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      With the weather… I’d go Packs.

  6. FULL PPR — Need a flex starter this week from these choices:

    Kendall Wright
    Wes Welker
    Heath Miller
    Brandon Cooks
    ———————OR, on waivers: James Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Reuben Randle

      • James says:
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        Not that I put much stock in ESPN’s point projections, but it has Welker at 7.9 and Heath Miller at 17.9 this week.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @James: I could see it, sure. Anything is possible against the Jags.

  7. Dom B says:
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    Jay! I want to pick up the packs d but I have the bills I have good WR should I just drop Kendall wright for packs d or bills d

    • Dom B says:
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      @Dom B: my WR right now are wright Crabtree Roddy white and ty hilton

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: Eh, if that’s the case, hold. The Bills schedule is a good one after the Lions.

  8. Dom B says:
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    Okay so Kendall wright is worth more than picking up the packs d

  9. Sniff Test says:
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    McKinnon. Stewart or Bowe in flex? Ppr

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sniff Test: Bowe, but it’s close enough to where I won’t argue Mck.

  10. Dom B says:
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    Thanks for all the advice JAY!!!!!!!!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dom B: No probs!

  11. Robert says:
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    Hey J- I am hurting at RB thanks to AP and Knowshon. Playing Shankey and Spiller. Would it be worth the risk to trade my Julio Jones for McCoy? I have Jordy and Terrance Williams for WR with Josh Gordon in the waiting. 12 team league.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Robert: I’d for McCoy there, sure.

  12. Dat Dude v4 says:
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    .5 ppr

    God of Plod Asiata or Forsett?

  13. Bye Felicia says:
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    AJ Green, A. Brown, Kelvin Benjamin, Cruz,
    Pick 2
    Also RB Lacy, Demarco, Jennings, Ellington
    Pick 2
    Then who should I.flex outta the rest thats left?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bye Felicia: standard league

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Green, Brown and Lacy, Murray, Jennings

  14. Bren says:
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    Patterson or welker?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bren: Well, it’s 830, so, who’d you go with?

  15. J-FOH says:
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    Love the pic today, I want that on a T-Shirt and I hate the Packers.

    We need to switch you over to Dos Equis, you are far too interesting and that is a much better Mexican beer.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: It really isn’t though.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: I have drank a lot of both and Dos Equis looks way cooler in the hand than a Corona. Corona is kinda girly looking…no offense

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @J-FOH: That makes sense why I like it more then, seeing as how I don’t judge my beer by how it will look in my hand.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jay: I’m just trying to help you in the dating scene. I used to like Corona then I got introduced to Dos Equis and my mexican beer journey took a turn. I also like a can of Tecate…but you don’t want to go to the bars that serve cans of Tecate. I also enjoy this conversation because when I talk beer with Sky it needs like four names followed by a description, a rating and city/river of origin.

            • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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              @J-FOH: Tecate is decent, first time i ever had Dos Equis I bought a 12 pack for new year’s party, after 2 of them i sold the rest and bought Guinness. Agree with Jaywrong about Corona

  16. Bye Felicia says:
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    @Jay: That’s what I was thinking all along but I was gonna bench AJ for Kelvin just because of the matchup. Pats are ranked #1 vs the pass, Chicago is ranked 29th. But I wasn’t really gonna sit AJ for Benjamin. Lol that’s crazy talk :-)

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bye Felicia: also, Do you typically always flex running backs every week? Or do you mix it up?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Bye Felicia: I mix it up based on matchups, but with Jennings going against ATL, I’m expecting a big game,

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @Jay: Definitely!
          We’re on the same page…thanks

  17. J-FOH says:
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    “You gotta start your studs”

    One of my studs in the writers league is Patterson

    *cracks beer*

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: I have Eddie Lacy ranked second… so of course McCarthy is doing his usual dumb shit. 3rd and 1? Sure, a fucking toss, and to James Starks, that’ll work…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: You have to wonder at what point his job security starts to fade. Too much talent and not enough results lately

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @J-FOH: Well, he already has a ring. He really is a terrible playcaller though.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jay: exactly, his ring gives him a longer leash than it should. If this play calling continues then they will continue to lose to the better teams

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, we need ponderless time back. i have patterson in .1 pt per return yard league and that guy was supposed to in a league like that be a machine (esp where you have to draft him in a league like that); and he was, in WEEK 1 ONLY! GIVE HIM THE BALL! or at least more kick returns.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: I’m not even sure the Vikings know what to do with the football… when they have it that is.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: WTF!, now Patterson has been benched as kick returner for Sherels! I was maybe able to get another 5 or more pts with kicks, but now might get 0 for rest of game.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @goodfold2: I think he just got a two yard run there, so, like 0.2 points.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Jay: it’s PPR and the return yards, so he’s got 8.7.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @goodfold2: That’s not too bad considering what the game actually is.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Jay: true, need to be in ponderless time soon though.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @goodfold2: it does make sense not to have yr superstar WR prospect be doing KR in a meaningless situation, for sure. but that’s 7.5 pts sherels just got that likely should’ve been me if this game was even a 20 pt deficit.

                  • Jay

                    Jay says:
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                    @goodfold2: Yup. He could get some garbage points non-special teams, but it looks like they are down so much, that running up the gut is a thing.

                  • Jay

                    Jay says:
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                    @goodfold2: Of course it goes to Jarius Wright…

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @Jay: apparently he also got a hip injury, after that 6 yard gain. hope that’s no big deal.

                  • Jay

                    Jay says:
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                    @goodfold2: Let us never speak of this game again.

  19. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    1. ROS, is it worth grabbing Reed at TE right now over Owen D/ASJ/Allen? Cook/Miller got sucked up on waiver wednesday morning. I know all three of those others are ranked higher this week alone. this team is best in league, but is 2-2 and now has TE problems, as most owners have 2 TE’s in this league. Kind of league where even Kelce and T.Wright were gone before week 2. PPR league.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: Yeah, I think so. Reports are he’ll be ready Monday, if not limited.

  20. Sange76 says:
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    12 team keeper

    I like
    To mix and match on d and my team is deep
    Enough to carry two.
    Which 2?
    New England (current d), Cleveland, Baltimore, or philly?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sange76: Philly for upside. Cleveland as the season wears on, their schedule looks nice.

  21. J-FOH says:
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    Doesn’t Ponder know that nobody started him in fantasy tonight. What a selfish player!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: He’s trolling fantasy football.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: HA!

  22. Adam says:
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    Deep league, +1 PPR

    Would you trade Ivory and McKinnon for Montee Ball? I’m not even sure at this point that Ball will outperform Ivory alone, but I know people were really high on him in the preseason. And I don’t know quite how much to value my McKinnon lottery ticket.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Adam: I’m not high on Ball, but it could be a nice buy-low. I’d probably do it in deep league, hoping the Broncos offense brings him along.

  23. buclover says:
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    Please tell me if I need to man up and and put my crying towel away.

    I’m commissioner of a 12 team espn league. The league is over 10 years old. Six of the members are either father or son. It has never been said, but I think these father son combos haven’t traded amongst themselves, at least until now, so to avoid the appearance of collusion. In this particular case, the savy football manager (the dad) concocted a trade with his son to get Bishop Sankey (90+% owned) for Dwayne Allen (< 11% owned). There are TE’s on the waiver wire arguably as effective as Allen (Fleener, Ebron, Green, Cook, Quarless). This is a money league, btw. It takes 4 votes to deny a trade. The commissioner can not veto a trade. It usually takes some prodding to get league members to realize there are some shenanigans going on. In this case, it is worth noting that the son relies on the father for fantasy advice. Should I (A) not make waves and not vote because the trade is fair enough (B) just vote no and let the chips fall where they may (C) as commissioner, lobby the league to vote their conscience since I want to keep this kind of potential collusion or manipulation under control?

    In case this helps-.5 ppr
    Team A (before the trade)
    Brees, Lacy, Morris, Hyde, Rainey, Blue, Helu, Ingram, Patterson, Hawkins, A.Robinson, L.Fitzgerald, Marvin Jones, Julius Thomas, D.Allen
    Team B
    A. Rodgers, E.Manning,Bernard, R.Jennings, Sankey, L.Miller, J. Hill, A.Bradshaw, Sanders, Tate, Cooks, J. Gordon

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @buclover: The gap isn’t that huge where I think you need to step in. I actually like Allen, and would have wanted Allen in that deal just a few weeks ago. Clearly, Sankey is having his role expanded, but while it favors one side, I wouldn’t call it egregious.

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